Help Kensley Survive Inoperable Brain Stem Tumor

Kensley is a 9 year old “Choctaw girl!” Choctaw is a small suburban community in Oklahoma.  In almost every way, she is a normal, spirited, active 4th grader...with one  big exception-   She is in a fight for her life with an inoperable brain tumor.

At a school board meeting in  November, Kensley accepted the Superintendent’s innovator award  for starting the Buzz,  a newspaper at her school. Her goal when she grows up is to be a nationally recognized reporter for a major publication.

In December 2019 in the span of just a few weeks, she went from a normal and healthy 9 year- old, to a kid fighting an inoperable tumor on her brain stem. 

It started as what we thought was a tummy bug, trips to the family physician and then to Children’s Hospital ER  with non-stop vomiting. A CAT-Scan revealed brain swelling and suggested a brain tumor.  The doctor immediately prepped her for surgery to implant a shunt to decrease the brain swelling, and ordered an MRI.

The MRI identified a tumor enmeshed in the pons area of the brain stem. Because the tumor is not solid, it is impossible to surgically remove.

The tumor she is fighting is highly aggressive. This GoFundMe is designed to make the impossible possible, and barring that, giving Kensley the gift of time to allow medical advances to rid her of this monster.

At this point, her treatment will be 6 weeks of radiation, cancer-fighting dietary changes and a clinical trial with an experimental immunotherapy in Seattle, Washington beginning in March, 2020.

Any funds raised will be used to cover medical bills, and ultimately out of state clinical trials and experimental treatments that will be needed to fight this.

Kensley is the daughter of Shane Graham and Tawny Shelby.


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Shelley Goodell 
Raised $2,335 from 27 donations
Oklahoma City, OK
Shane Graham 
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